Glowing skin is one of the wonderful side kicks of nourishing your body with real foods. Many women I see complain of dull, tired skin, dry hair and brittle, breaking nails. Women prone to these issues are often busy people who don’t have a regular, balanced diet. Nourishing with small amounts of a wide variety of good quality protein three times during your day is a good place to start with creating a balanced diet and getting your beautiful skin glowing.
I often hear clients say they are too busy to eat through the day, especially in our Australian summer and only eat protein in their evening meal. That’s not balanced enough to be on your ‘A game’ or to fire on all cylinders, which is what you need to be doing if you have a busy lifestyle. Your body requires nourishing to keep up. Genetics play a small 10 – 20% of variation in skin ageing, the rest is up to us. I share the healthy tips below with my busy clients and Kickstart Your Health toolkit is full of quick tips that will help get your skin glowing.
Nourishing Real Food Tips For Glowing Skin
Enjoy heaps of fresh salads, green leafy vegetables and herbs to hydrate the skin and keep your skin strong, supple and youthful looking.
Start your day with a few slices of ginger and the juice of half a lemon in warm water. Great for alkalizing your body and clearing up your skin.
Eat avocado, mackerel, tuna, salmon, olives, nuts, chia seeds, flaxseed oil or superior fish oil supplements. These goodies are full of essential fatty acids which help moisturise, improve suppleness and resilience of your skin.
Eat a wide variety of protein. Cell repair, skin, muscles, ligaments, bones, blood vessels and enzymes are predominately made from high-quality protein. If we do not eat a wide variety of good quality of protein our body will break down the pigments of your skin, causing dry, dull and thin skin with poor healing qualities.
Calcium is essential for your skin. Sources of calcium that I love are almonds, sesame seeds, sardines, salmon, parsley, kale, spinach, and watercress.
Drink about 35ml of filtered water per kg of your weight every day. If we become dehydrated it can interfere with digestion, memory and cause your skin to become dry, flaky, dull and prone to premature ageing.
Drink carrot juice. Carrots are high in vitamin A which help to regenerate skin cells and cleanse the liver. An optimally functioning liver is essential for glowing skin.
Alkalize your diet with my yummy Alkalising Dressing.
Good digestion is essential for absorbing nutrients.
Lifestyle Tips For Glowing Skin
Get a sweat up every day with a fun fitness program.
Especially relevant is having a good skincare routine. Mum set me up with Clinique and Granny loved Estee Lauder so I was lucky growing up with two beautiful ladies who instilled in me the importance of good skin care products. Today my mum has switched to Liz Earle and my beautiful sister loves Aesop. I love Antipodes.
Balanced hormones will help make your skin glow.
Fall in love with your yoga practice.
Deep breathing throughout your day. Reducing stress lowers your cortisol levels and improves your sleep. Sleeping well is very important for reducing the ageing process.
Avoid all refined foods, sugar, fried foods, cordials and soft drinks.
Finally, for more nutritional tips crafted specifically for your body check out how I can help YOU!
NOURISH YOUR BODY WITH REAL FOODS, YOU DESERVE IT! I work 1-1 with women all over the world to help optimise their health, reach goals, feel and look amazing! Chat with me about how we can work together and take the first step towards your healthiest and happiest.
Nic Makim is a real food nutritionist focusing on nourishing bodies, igniting that inner creative and enriching lives with delicious real foods through nutrition coaching and Wellness From Your Plate ebook.